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Building permit approved at special meeting

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Drexel, Missouri met in Special Session on Monday, January 8th at City Hall. Mayor Terry Mayfield, Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Shannon via speaker telephone, Alderman Bob Thomas, Alderman Darrell Gilbert, and Alderman Mike Wheeler were in attendance. Citizen present was Stacy Rice. Presenters present were Craig and Jennifer Gundy of Gundy Construction, and Chad Harrington and Tony O’Malley of Larkin Group. City Staff present was City Clerk Ashley Kasper, City Treasurer Peggy Moles, Chief of Police Jon Carpenter, Water Technician Russ Ream, and Kara Smith.

Hoop Shooters score high in second round


These two young basketball enthusiasts from Drexel earned the privilege to advance to the next level of the National Hoop Shooting Free Throw Contest that was held last Saturday in Warrensburg, MO at Warrensburg Middle School. Both competed among several competitors at the regional level in early December, winning their divisions. Tayler Lancaster, a 7th grader, finished 2nd in the 12-13 year-old class with 17 free throws made out of 25. Cole Barnhart, a 5th grader, also finished 2nd in the 10-11 year-old class making 17 out of 25 shots.

Board agrees to help with finances to ag building; new classes introduced next year

The Drexel R-IV Board of Education met on Monday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. for the monthly meeting. Members in attendance were: President Christyne Hellebuyck, Vice President Brad Lancaster, Treasurer Chris Collins, Members Kim Hocker, Ronnie Jacobs, Brenda Hadley, and Paul Orton, Superintendent Bill Johnston, Principal Ken Shipps and Laurie Jacklovich, and Secretary Linda Moles. Visitors were Stacy Rice, Harold Seba, Tammy Bartholomew, and Cindy Drury.
President Hellebuyck called the meeting to order, which was opened by the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

Lady Cats get first conference win

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The Drexel Lady Cats headed south to face the Rich Hill Tigers in their first WEMO Conference game for the 2011-12 season. Drexel had previously defeated Rich Hill in the WEMO Conference Tournament but it was a battle. The first quarter Rich Hill took the lead by one but that was the last time they would see the lead. Drexel prevailed over the Tigers in every quarter but the first, winning 46-33.

Bobcats win in 1st WEMO game

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The Drexel Boys Basketball Team hosted the Ballard Bulldogs last Thursday night. Drexel defeated the Bulldogs in an uneven match-up 92-20. Coach Dennis Bolton stated, “As a team we had set some goals to meet during this game. We did very well meeting some of them, such as holding the opponent to under 40 points, creating 25 or more deflections and steals combined, attacking the offensive glass and making a high percentage of our shots.

Melvin Loyd Clark 1925 - 2011

Melvin Loyd Clark, 87, of Drexel, MO., formerly of Stilwell, KS, passed away January 15, 2012 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. 
Visitation was from 6-8 PM Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Stilwell, 19950 Broadmoor Ln, Stilwell. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 19, at the church with Dr. Bill Johnson and Pastor Steven Donnelly officiating. Burial will follow in Aubry Cemetery.

Kenneth Robert Trewett 1928 - 2011

Kenneth Robert Trewett, 83, of Jefferson City, Missouri passed away on January 9, 2012.
At Kenneth’s request he was cremated and no funeral service was held. Family gathering was held at Grace Baptist Church in Richland, Missouri. A Masonic Service will be held at a later date.

Turnovers hurt Lady Cats against Butler


The Drexel Lady Cats traveled to Prairie View to play a very good Kansas basketball team. Prairie View was bigger and stronger than the Lady Cats and the Lady Cats suffered their 5th loss 41-55. The JV team were also outsized but they fought till the end losing only by 5 points. The Lady Cats had a total of 33 turnovers for the game. “There is no way you can win games with that many turnovers,” stated Coach Bill Johnston. “We have to get more fundamentally and mentally sound.”

Bobcats continue winning streak


The Drexel Basketball Team headed to Kansas last week to play Prairie View. Prairie View kept the team on their toes the entire game. Coach Dennis Bolton stated “This was a good game for us to learn there are only certain things we can control and not to get upset over the things we can not control. We need to focus on rebounding and playing good defense and forget about the rest of what is going on. We can not let a couple of missed shots take us away from the rest of our game. I liked the way the boys responded in the second half.”

Next week marks Missouri School Board Recognition Week, pay tribute to those who serve


School Board Recognition Week, sponsored by the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA), is January 22-28 this year.
During this designated week, communities across the state will “honor the dedicated service of local boards of education” as proclaimed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
According to MSBA, a private not-for-profit organization which exists to help school boards succeed, the goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools.

City’s board fails to approve two building permits; new Drexel business on horizon

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Drexel, Missouri met in Regular Session on Monday, January 9th at City Hall.
Citizens present were Stacy Rice, Janice South, Charlene Musick, Jeff Still, and Teresa Billings. Presenters present were Ward Billings, Craig and Jennifer Gundy, Bob Strange, Amy Musick, and Debbie Thomas. City Staff present were Water Technician Russ Ream, Police Chief Jon Carpenter, City Treasurer Peggy Moles, and City Clerk Ashley Kasper. Mayor Terry Mayfield, Alderman Bob Thomas, Alderman Darrell Gilbert, and Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Shannon were in attendance.

70th Wedding Anniversary


Mary and Sody Geuy of Drexel, Missouri will celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary on January 24th. The couple exchanged vows on January 24, 1942 at the Methodist Parsonage in Ft. Scott, KS. Please help the blissful couple celebrate their anniversary with a card shower. Their address is 605 N. Third Drexel, MO 64642.

Battle to the end for Lady Cats vs. Hume


Drexel Lady Cats went back to the hardwood with some new found enthusiasm. Coach Jimmie Gentry and Coach Bill Johnston are working the girls hard getting them ready for the beginning of WEMO Conference play.
First game after the break was a tough one, Montrose. Montrose finished third in state last year. Senior Jessi Gunnels stated, “In the 4 years of playing Montrose it was the best the Lady Cats have every played them.”

Bobcats take record to 7-2 after defeat over Hornets


The Drexel Boy’s Basketball Team hosted Hume last week after the Holiday break . Drexel was on fire having 4 players score in double digits getting the win by a commanding lead 78-38 bringing the Cats record to 7-2. Drexel also had 3 players rebounding in double digits.
Javyn Johston led the team with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. CJ Bolton had 17 points, an outstanding...
Read the entire story in the January 12th edition.

Governor Nixon appoints Scavuzzo as Commissioner for Cass County

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Luke A. Scavuzzo, of Harrisonville, as the new First District Associate Commissioner for Cass County. The Associate Commissioner position became vacant with the resignation of Commissioner W.J. “Bill” Cook, which took effect last Friday, January 6.  
Scavuzzo, a Democrat, served two terms representing District 124 in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2007 to 2010, and for several years, was the owner and operator of Scavuzzo’s Price Chopper grocery store in Harrisonville. He is a long-time resident of the community...

Bobcats visit Sedalia over break, bringing back win

The Drexel Boy’s Basketball Team traveled to Sedalia over the holiday break to play St. Elizabeth in the Sedalia Shootout.
The Bobcats got an early lead in the first quarter outscoring St. Elizabeth by 10 points and continued to stretch their lead in the 2nd quarter outscoring St. Elizabeth by 6 points. With a 16 point lead at the half the Bobcats...
Read the entire story in the January 5th edition.

All-State Honorees

Three Drexel athletes have been recognized as All State Honorees. Hunter Lindsay, left, was named to All State 3rd Team Defensive Line; Chris Wilson, center, received All State for Academics; and Blake Seba received All State Athlete to 3rd Team and for Academics.

Edna (Heuer) Soule 1931 - 2011


Edna (Heuer) Soule of Moberly passed away peacefully in her home on December 26, 2011 surrounded by family. She had endured a long period of declining health.
Visitation was held at Cater Funeral Home on Friday, December 30 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Services were at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 31, at 10:00 a.m. with burial in Oakland Cemetery.

Happy New Year!


While school was out for Christmas break and to ring in 2012,
several area children visited the Drexel Public Library for sociability with the emphasis of having a good time! Here they get creative and wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Midwest Fertilizer holds 25th customer appreciation with lots of prizes awarded


Midwest Fertilizer in Drexel held their annual Customer Appreciation Day this past Saturday, December 31st, at the Drexel Community Center. This marked the 25th year that this was held.
Everyone enjoyed pancakes of all shapes and sizes by Chris Cakes of Louisburg, KS. Entertainment was provided by musician Larry Spillman.
There were drawings throughout the morning and those receiving some of the prizes were...
Read the entire story in the January 5th edition.

Full agenda for school board, reads intention to retire letter

The Drexel R-IV Board of Education met on Monday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. for the monthly meeting. Members in attendance were: Vice President Brad Lancaster, Treasurer Chris Collins, Members Kim Hocker, Ronnie Jacobs (6:35 p.m.), Brenda Hadley, and Paul Orton, Superintendent Bill Johnston, Principal Ken Shipps and Secretary Linda Moles. Visitors were Andrea Gammon, Nate Danneman, Tyler Black and Tim Eastwood.
The meeting was called to order by Vice President Lancaster and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence.